Title: Church and School
Publication: The New Religion, Norway Maine
Date: June 30, 1881
Author: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Keywords: Joshua Chamberlain, Lawrence Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, school, college, christian, religion, speech, opinion
Credit: Courtesy the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.
Permissions: Rights reserved by Bowdoin College. Do not reproduce without permission. Original copy Bowdoin Special Collections Box 11 folder 8.
Church and School

Chamberlain discusses an issue still controversial today, should Christianity be taught in public schools.
Understand me, I am not arguing for an established religion - a state-church - a state ruled by the church; nor for an enforced study of Christian doctrine in the sense of dogma in our schools. That perhaps would not be respecting fairly freedom of conscience and of worship. What I mean to say is, that the study of the broad truths of Christianity would not be unreasonable nor oppressive for the youth of a Christian country.